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Living in Telford

Flourishing Shropshire town with deep industrial roots

Costs Summary

  • Cost of living £332.73
  • Housing £970.31
  • Transportation £71.85
  • Sport and leisure £53.00
Total £1,427.88

About Telford

Despite being known internationally as the ‘Birthplace of Industry’, the town of Telford is not the smoking industrial estate one might initially believe. Blessed by huge swathes of green and fertile land, this Shropshire town is a place of country living. Any local resident can point out The Wrekin, a forested hill over 1335 feet tall that sits next to the country town. Neighbouring Telford is the UNESCO World Heritage Ironbridge Gorge - a deep valley that is connected by the first iron bridge of its kind.

Green it may be, Telford is also one of the fastest-growing towns in the United Kingdom. At the forefront of the town’s growth is a strong base of leading automotive and aerospace manufacturers, including Jaguar Land Rover and Stadco. Sometimes referred to as ‘Polymer Valley’, the town contains the UK’s largest collective of plastics/polymers companies, so there are always opportunities for work.

Culturally, there’s plenty to see and do too. Up The Wrekin, you can find a range of museums and heritage sites outlining the processes of the coal industry. Along Southwater Way, residents enjoy the variety of restaurants and eateries that benefit from a fresh supply of local produce.

  • Avg. monthly salary £1,786
  • Avg. rent £500
  • Pollution Low
  • Avg. council tax £1,654
  • Internet speed 100 mbps



  • Age 19 and under 28%
  • Age 20 to 29 14.3%
  • Age 30 to 39 14.3%
  • Age 40 to 49 15%
  • Age 50 to 59 12%
  • Age 60+ 16.4%

Social grades

  • Upper / Middle class 15.1%
  • Lower middle class 27.3%
  • Skilled working class 24.2%
  • Working class / Pensioners 33.3%


  • Conservative 60%
  • Labour 34%
  • Liberal Democrat 6%

Crime rate in Telford

The crime rate in Telford is low, especially in comparison to other Midlands towns. Crimes such as burglary, robberies and vandalism are almost three times as likely in neighbouring towns such as Wolverhampton than they are in Telford.
  • Crime rating Low crime
  • Crimes last 12m 295
  • Crimes per thousand 98

The local area

Telford is the largest town in Shropshire, but you can find everything you need in the city centre. As well as a range of grocery superstores the newly developed Southwater area offers a variety of chain restaurants, a refurbished library, a cinema, and a multi-story carpark.

Local Cafes and Restaurants

8 restaurants in Telford
  1. The Wrekin View Pub/bar/nightclub
  2. Bulls Head Pub/bar/nightclub
  3. Bank Top Cafe Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  4. Wrekin Housing Trust Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  5. The Grazing Cow Pub/bar/nightclub
  6. Church Wickets Pub/bar/nightclub
  7. Ring O Bells Pub/bar/nightclub
  8. Hartshorne Court Lunch Club Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen

Cost of living in Telford

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Milk£0.95£0.50 - £1.50
Bread£1.07£0.72 - £4.00
Eggs£1.66£1.00 - £2.16
Wine£5.00£4.00 - £10.00
Beer£1.83£1.00 - £3.03
Utilities£176.45£175.19 - £625.58
Preschool cost£750£750 - £1,100

Housing costs

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Buy: 2 Bed house£191K£90K - £355K
Rent: 2 Bed house£656 PCM£368 - £1940
Rent HMO£420 PCM£324 - £520

Public Transport costs

Telford’s countryside location makes it a fantastic area for cyclists. There are a range of cycling routes - for both commuters and leisure riders - in Telford that are outlined extensively on the Telford council website. For more weatherproof travel, we recommend using the comprehensive Arriva bus system which allows for travel between Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton, and Bridgnorth. At Telford Central train station, regular services run to Birmingham, Shrewsbury and Holyhead. The nearest airport to Telford is Birmingham International, which is around 35 miles away.
Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
One-way ticket£2£0 - £0
Monthly pass£72£35.00 - £108.70
Taxi starting tariff£4£2.00 - £4.00


Due to its industrial past, the area of Telford has a fascinating history, which you can explore in greater detail in the Ironbridge Gorge Museums, just five miles south of Telford City Centre.

Keen walkers are well-catered for in Telford, with a range of walks through the surrounding scenic countryside. There’s plenty of leisure activities available in the heart of the town too, with skating available at Telford Ice Rink, and films at O cinema.

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Fitness Club£31 pm£20.00 - £45.00
Cinema£12 pp£9.00 - £15.00
Inexpensive restaurant£10 pp£7.00 - £20.00

Moving to Telford

As a relatively new town undergoing a boom period, Telford has plenty of housing to offer newcomers. The University of Wolverhampton is just a 30-minute drive away, but many students choose to live close to the campus to stay closer to the university. Areas like Priorslee and Horsehay, and Lightmoor have recently become popular places for those looking to put down roots.

The cost of living in Telford is lower than most towns and cities in the UK. New arrivals can expect to pay £200,000 on average for a 2-bedroom house, or around £600 a month to rent.

Moving costs

The cost of moving to Telford will vary depending on the day of the week, demand, and where you’re booking from, but on average you should expect to pay around £1 per mile on top of a loading and unloading fee of £800, and around £125 for dismantling and reassembling.

The following moving costs are based on a 3 bedroom family house and include loading and packing.

  • From Telford to Leeds - £1052
  • From Telford to London - £1072
  • From Telford to Liverpool - £991
  • From Telford to Manchester - £1011
  • From Telford to Birmingham - £959
  • From Telford to Sheffield - £1025
  • From Telford to Edinburgh - £1219
  • From Telford to Glasgow - £1214
  • From Telford to Cardiff - £1060
  • From Telford to Swansea - £1042
  • From Telford to Bath - £1052
  • From Telford to Bristol - £1040

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